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Petersburg, VA – Richard Bland College and Southside Regional Medical Center (SRMC) have formally entered into a collaborative agreement to provide a comprehensive sports medicine program to optimize the activity and participation of Richard Bland’s student athletes. This follows the College’s April announcement that it would rejoin the NJCAA to offer basketball, track and field, cross country, soccer and softball.


Student athletes will receive treatment from certified athletic trainers as part of this partnership between Richard Bland College and SRMC. The trainer’s responsibilities will be to evaluate the individual being treated and to plan, administer and document their progress. SRMC will also provide education and instruction to Richard Bland coaches and other personnel regarding injury treatment and prevention.


“Preventing and treating injuries is a critical part of college athletics. Having a partnership with a reputable hospital like SRMC gives the athletic staff a high level of confidence that our student athletes have access to experts in athletic training and quality treatment when they need it,” said Richard Bland College Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chuck Moore.


SRMC Assistant CEO Joseph Wilkins, DPT, MSHA said, “Southside Regional Medical Center is excited to be the exclusive provider of athletic training and sports medicine services for Richard Bland College. Our health care professionals at SRMC will ensure that Richard Bland student athletes are rendered quality and customer focused care that allows them to be active, healthy and competitive on the fields, courts, and in the classroom.”


The sports medicine program between Richard Bland and SRMC will begin August 1, 2013, and will automatically renew for successive one-year terms.


Richard Bland College of William & Mary is a selective, residential, two-year College that provides a rich learning experience at a reasonable cost for students preparing for transfer to highly ranked colleges and universities. Richard Bland students rate our professors among the best in the region, yet tuition and fees are among the lowest. The academically rigorous programs are grounded in the liberal arts tradition of one of America’s oldest and most prestigious public universities, The College of William & Mary. The College boasts NJCAA intercollegiate athletics, signature programs, and a small and diverse student population of 1,500 on a picturesque 750 acre campus located just outside historic Petersburg, Virginia, two hours south of Washington, D.C. and a short drive from Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. For more information, visit


SRMC is a 300-bed, general acute care hospital located in Petersburg, VA five miles from the RBC campus. The hospital has more than 1,500 employees and the medical staff is comprised of nearly 340 physicians representing more than 35 specialties. The 420,000 square foot facility is situated on a 50-acre campus and offers the latest technology in order to serve more than 200,000 local residents. SRMC offers a full array of outpatient services on its main campus and boasts five satellite outpatient centers in the Petersburg and surrounding area.


SRMC’s mission is to provide extraordinary healthcare for patients and their families, provide a center of excellence for physicians to practice medicine, and create a vibrant workplace for employees.





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